The power company lobbying group Edison Electric Institute published a report in January laying out their strategy to crush residential solar generators by eliminating net metering.
Now there is growing evidence that EEI has poured “dark money” into a campaign by an Arizona power company to roll back net metering in the US state with the best solar power potential.
As part of the fallout from Arizona Public Service’s (APS) scandal surrounding lying about funding dark money organizations to attack rooftop solar and in response to Edison Electric Institute’s (EEI) series of television and radio ads against rooftop solar in Arizona, the Alliance for Solar Choice (TASC) wants EEI to disavow what TASC calls “APS’s underhanded behavior” and state whether or not EEI has used dark money.
“APS lied to regulators and the public for months,” said Bryan Miller, co-Chair of TASC. “EEI should give a firm ‘yes’ or ‘no’ on their own use of dark money, and whether or not they endorse APS’s tactics.” TASC advocates for maintaining distributed solar energy policies, such as retail net metering. Public policies to encourage net metering are in effect in 43 states and the District of Columbia. Three additional states have utilities with voluntary net metering programs.